|2010-11 Team Rating|
|18th Overall||8th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 15
Josh Smith still fills up the box score and impacts games more often than not. Same for hard-working, undersized center Al Horford. Small forward remains a weakness.
Joe Johnson rallied nicely and quickly from an elbow injury. Mike Bibby, third-oldest starting point guard in the league, is just a 3-point shooter at this stage. Hawks still can't find somebody better.
Josh Smith is the only defensive force on the roster, from a shot blocking/steals standpoint, although the Hawks collectively do a good job of helping and rotating.
If supreme sixth man Jamal Crawford is still upset about not getting that contract extension, it hasn't showed lately. Jeff Teague might not be the future at point guard, though, and the Hawks suffer from lack of bigs.
We're still trying to figure out what Larry Drew is doing differently than Mike Woodson. The lineup's the same, so is the rotation, and neither coach was/is a big fan of Teague. Drew at least brings an even temperament.
The Hawks are a team that won in Utah by 23 and lost to the Pistons by 23. Their true identity swings between those extremes. They're solid some nights, soft on other nights. They didn't make any major off-season changes, besides the coach, and therefore no reason to expect the final outcome will be much different, either.
They're built to win 45-50 games, not to beat the Big Four in the East in the playoffs.
-- Shaun Powell
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